Cal Ripken has done a lot for the Baltimore area and has given so much back to the community. Something that goes unnoticed is the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
This summer league is for college baseball players to get more experience. Coaches from the ten teams scout players during their college seasons and assemble a team of players from all over the country. The league is comprised of ten teams that include the Alexandria Aces, Baltimore Redbirds, Bethesda Big Train, D.C. Grays, Herndon Braves, Rockville Express, Silver Spring Thunderbolts, Southern Maryland Nationals, Vienna Riverdogs, and Youse’s Orioles.
All ten teams are located throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia and range from Waldorf, Md., to Towson, Md.
One of the more interesting features of the league is the use of wooden bats. The League does not allow the aluminum bats used in college, which is obviously a huge adjustment for the players.
The league is a great way to spend your evenings. The games are unpredictable and entertaining. Each team does a great job of incorporating a family friendly environment and offers many promotions and activities for children. Some of the teams even offer a summer camp for children where the children work directly with the players.